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Poster: buscameby Date: Apr 28, 2010 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: heard something I've missed before

While listening to the Scarlett Fire 9/16 from Egypt I heard Keith playing the harpsichord, it had a real nice place in the jamming they were doing going into the Fire. I had just seen the Rock's shows but was SO HIGH, I don't recall what he was playing.

I know that China Doll has some "Harps" in it but don't recall it in any live shows before. Was this a organ simulated harpsichord or did he have a stand alone?

Also any other shows where you can point out him playing it?

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Poster: vapors Date: Apr 28, 2010 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: heard something I've missed before

Is it possible that at the 1980 Radio City shows Brent played an actual harpsichord on China Doll during the acoustic sets? I am not certain of this, and my recollection may be due to an altered state at the time, but on the first evening I attended I was inside early and saw them rolling the harpsichord onto the stage. My thought at that moment was – They are going to play Mountains of the Moon! Alas, that didn’t occur, but maybe someone else can verify the harpsichord presence?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 28, 2010 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: heard something I've missed before

Yes, Brent did in fact play a harpsichord during the 1980 acoustic sets at the Warfield, Saenger and Radio City Music Hall. I believe he only played the instrument during the acoustic performances of China Doll. However, Brent did not enjoy playing the Harpsichord...

"I never did feel comfortable with that thing...I kept missing the sustain pedal and the control of dynamics. You try to hit something soft and it doesn't come out soft.
Keyboard Magazine 1982

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 28, 2010 6:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: heard something I've missed before

I'm not a musician, I know nothing about instruments, but I was curious about this so I checked Blair Jacksons book, "Grateful Dead Gear"

There is absolutely no evidence that Keith ever played a harpsichord. In Egypt or anywhere else for that matter. The harpsichord sound was almost certainly an effect.

It appears that Keith played only a Yamaha CP70B electrified grand piano in Egypt.

Prior to that, and during 1977, Keith played both a Steinway Grand Piano and a Fender Rhodes organ.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 28, 2010 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: heard something I've missed before

Good question!

I don't know if keith was actually playing a harpsichord, or just using some kind or effect, but I'm sure someone here knows.

Another great example of this is the Estimated Prophet from the legendary Dekalb performance...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.sbd.miller.92085.sbeok.flac16

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